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This curation is all about Thanksgiving, curated by Paige, one of our interns.
"For me, Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays, full of family, food, and watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It is one of the best days of the year, capped off with drinks and epic boardgame battles with my parents and siblings. This year of course will be different, for me, it will be a Gobblerito, a good bourbon ale, and a Zoom background full of one of a kind artwork! I built this Gallery Wall inspired by the feeling, fun, and humor of the holiday while representing the uniquely complicated strangeness of 2020."
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Debbi's works are sneaky in a sense that, instead of denying the existence of a frame, they subtly push against and peak out from it (have you noticed the pairs of eyes in some of her paintings?) Neat square pieces on the outer boundaries of the frame devolve into patterns, curves, and patches of sprayed paint. Some of Debbi's paintings actually look like puzzles, challenging you to play an active role - only to reveal that, in the end, her puzzles yield fun for the sake of it rather than a finished picture.
Noriko Okada’s works are like siblings who look nothing alike. They’re like third cousins; like twins separated at birth; like people who you could have sworn were only children: each work is singular, but is related by a thread that runs deep yet just out of sight. Her amalgamous artworks of paint, fabric, prints, and ceramic don’t shout their message out loud, but invite viewers in for a chat.
Sinejan’s mixed media paintings are an ode to the lived experiences of places that no article, photograph, or map can capture. Borders between two countries are never clear cut; languages become forgotten; some small towns cannot be reached by even mail, rendering it invisible. To parallel this constant process of unraveling, Sinejan erodes geographical boundaries on maps with stains of dirt, rust, spices, straw, and other materials collected from places she personally traveled to. She actually keeps glass jars of scrap metal on her studio cabinets that will one day turn into rust - a poetic process where even the most hardened, robust-looking materials eventually return to nature.
Painter, sculptor, and musician Ryan Patrick Martin is one of those rare people who creates his own reality - one of playfully strange objects and environments. His works are often informed by an interest in sound synthesis, movement, vibrancy, multi-sensory experiences and an endless search to find humor and harmony in the slop.
She is aware of the precariousness of her own identity. This gives her permission to occupy, more comfortably and more productively, the liminal space that is what Ien Ang would call in-between-ness—for Ang, hybridity is a welcome respite from the boundaries that children of the diaspora are often confined within. The self-generated idealization of her far-away “foreign” childhood hometown is often glaring, and the hybrid woman finds herself at once escaping to and challenging her possibly-confabulated halcyon memories, the psychic remembrances of an apparent “motherland”. (One gazes at her homelands with weary lucidity and any illusory pane shatters.)
Corey Lovett is a Brooklyn based artist and is currently pursuing a BFA degree in Painting at Pratt Institute. Corey paints images to evoke a feeling or mood within the viewer. His work is a combination of both abstract and figurative representation.
Joseph's work creates seams by coupling non-objective imagery with written texts such as dates, names, and various words and phrases. The back and forth between the two elements pose an ambiguous field of opportunities for the viewer to exist. Urgency and chance are ever-present in the works as is the dirt on the road to conclusion.
Petra Nimtz rarely works on just one piece at a time; applying the next layer before the last has dried, she composes pieces with both care and spontaneity. Petra paints bold gestures, spreading the newest streak of paint with a brush, palette knife, and even her hands to create semi-translucent layers that distinguish each stroke as their own unique statement. Her large scale, earth toned works are resolutely abstract. The bold composition is the star of the artworks, creating a feeling that is as grounded as it is exciting.